WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Game 3 of Brewers-Padres series tonight
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers and San Diego Padres will play the rubber contest of their three-game set tonight at Miller Park.
Each team has one victory, after the Padres ended Milwaukee's four-game overall winning streak with a 2-1, 12-inning victory last night. Tonight's game could very well be another low-scoring affair. The Padres are only batting .212 as a team, averaging just under two-and-a-half runs per road contest. The Brewers have been hitting horribly at home, scoring just 26 times in 11 Miller Park games. Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun went 0-for-5 last night and struck out three times against different relievers -- including Padres' closer Huston Street for the game's final out. Right-hander Kyle Lohse will start for Milwaukee tonight against Padres' righty Tyson Ross.
Milwaukee Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke says he expects some kind of progress in the next couple weeks in dealing with the appeal of Carlos Gomez' suspension -- if nothing else, setting a date for his hearing. It used to be that players wouldn't have their appeal hearings until their terms play in New York where the Major League offices are located. Roenicke says it's not that way anymore. Gomez was suspended for three games yesterday for his role in Sunday's bench-clearing brawl at Pittsburgh. Brewers' catcher Martin Maldonado accepted his five-game suspension for throwing a punch at Pittsburgh's Travis Snyder -- who got two games. Pirates' catcher Russell Martin was suspended one game, and pitcher Gerrit Cole -- whom the Brewers blame for starting the fracas when he yelled at Gomez at third base -- was not punished. Roenicke does not believe the bad blood will spill over to the next Brewers-Pirates series, set for May 13th-through-15th at Miller Park. The skipper said that if Maldonado or Gomez get hit by pitches quote, "The umpires better do something about it."
It's been three years since Kyle Lohse has won four straight decisions. But the Milwaukee Brewers' right-hander could match that feat tonight, when the Crew wraps up its three-game series against San Diego at Miller Park. Lohse is 3-1 this year with a 2.67 ERA. He has three straight winning decisions, after he gave up three runs last Friday night at Pittsburgh while throwing a season-high 110 pitches. Lohse said it wasn't pretty, but it was a victory none-the-less. San Diego will send right-hander Tyson Ross to the mound. He's 2-2, also with a solid ERA of 2.13. He won his last two starts after changing his mechanics. Padres' manager Bud Black said Ross has rediscovered the value of his lower leg strength, by keeping his right foot securely against the rubber and pushing off with the throw. Tonight's contest will determine the winner of the three-game set. San Diego has the fourth-best ERA in the Majors at two-point-seven-oh, despite having a 10-11 record. The Brewers' have the second best ERA in the big leagues at two-point-five-nine. They're 15-6, but only 6-5 at Miller Park due to a collective home hitting slump.
The Beloit Snappers will play their third straight daytime Midwest League contest at Kane County. The series is tied at a game apiece, after the Snappers lost 5-4 yesterday. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have lost two straight at Burlington, and they hope to change that trend this evening. The Rattlers dropped a 2-1 decision last night.
Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy has tried not to be too publicly critical of the league's new schedule for off-season practices. McCarthy used to run a quarterback school in March for his signal-callers -- something that could have really helped younger players like Scott Tolzien. The ex-Badger is in his first spring with the Pack, after three years mainly with San Francisco. At the recent owners' meetings, McCarthy said Tolzien was in Green Bay in March but he couldn't go inside the Don Hutson Center to throw. The coach said it was a "different era training quarterbacks and specialists." That era is the product of the league's collective bargaining agreement with its players' union. It spells out exactly when and how long off-season workouts can run -- and what can be done at those sessions. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh told ESPN that the limits were not quote, "thought through enough during negotiations" on the new bargaining agreement.
The Green Bay Packers' newest addition to its defensive line is training with the team from the get-go. Free-agent Julius Peppers from Chicago was among those showing up for the initial voluntary physical and team meetings, as the Packers' organized team activities got underway yesterday. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was also on hand -- as was second-stringer Matt Flynn who made his contract signing with the Packers official this week. Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga showed up with a knee brace, as he gets over an ACL injury from last summer's Training Camp. Under the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, only strength and conditioning work is allowed in the first two weeks of the OTA's. A number of players get contract bonuses if they fully take part in the off-season workouts.
Edgewood College has won the men's golf title in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. The Eagles led after the first two rounds last fall at Whistling Straits near Sheboygan -- and they led after each of the final two rounds on Monday and Tuesday of this week in Aurora, Illinois. Edgewood finished the 72-hole league tourney at 84-over-par 1,236. Wisconsin Lutheran was second at 119-over. The Milwaukee School of Engineering was third followed by Lakeland and Marian. Patrick Cahill of Edgewood was the top individual, at 14-over-302 for four rounds. Jake Gaudynski of Wisconsin Lutheran was second at plus-17. Edgewood earned the NACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Holly Denfeld of the Milwaukee School of Engineering is the outdoor field athlete of the week in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Denfeld broke her own school record in the triple jump at the Saint Norbert Invitational. She also set a new NACC record with a total leap of 10.87 meters. In baseball, Jaime Paumen of Wisconsin Lutheran is the NACC pitcher of the week. Paumen, a junior right-hander, tossed a three-hit shutout against Aurora. Brittney Blazich of Wisconsin Lutheran is the league's honored softball position player. The freshman infielder batted .640 last week with three triples, a double, five RBI's, and ten runs scored. The league also recognized David Gorodetsky of MSOE in men's tennis.
Jake Lunow of UW-Stout and Connor Hurst of Whitewater are the WIAC baseball players of the week. Lunow, a junior infielder, batted .500 and hit safely in all four of Stout's games against Oshkosh last week. His team went 3-1. Hurst, a junior left-hander, won the league pitching honors after he tossed an eight-hitter in a 7-4 win over Stevens Point. In softball, Samie Seamon of Whitewater is the position player of the week. Seamon, a senior outfielder, went 6-for-6 in a double-header against River Falls in which she homered twice and drove in five runs. She batted .750 for the week. Laura Raflik of Eau Claire was named the softball pitcher of the week. The junior right-hander threw a six-inning shutout against Stevens Point in which she gave up four hits. The WIAC also recognized McKena Ramos and Christy Cazzola, both of Oshkosh, in outdoor track -- and Zach Anderson and Meagan Ward, both of Stout, in field events.
Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels leads Division 1 in the new Wisconsin girls' high school soccer poll from the state coaches' association. Menomonee Falls is second, followed by Appleton North. Waukesha West is the Division 2 leader, with Whitefish Bay second and Brookfield East third. Waukesha Catholic Memorial is atop Division 3, with Grafton and Pewaukee in the two-and-three spots. And in Division 4, Racine Prairie is No. 1, followed by Ozaukee and Racine Saint Catherine's.